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Simple Phone makes a Big Noise – the amplicomms PowerTel M6300

The battery on the amplicomms M6300 will last around 7 days, with a ring tone that will match a Rolling Stones concert, at 90dB’s and powerful vibrate, so you won’t miss any calls.  You’ll also be able to hear conversations, as the volume booster button will increase the call much louder than a regular mobile.

In case of an emergency, the M6300 eases the stress as it comes with an SOS button to call 5 selected nearest and dearest until the call is answered.  

The M6300 is an amplified phone designed for people with hearing loss, but for simple phone calls, text messaging,Bluetooth connectivity and a long battery life this is one of the Smartest Phones you need.  

Access for all as National Trust, Stourhead add all-terrain wheelchairs to their fleet of accessible transport


The Mountain Trike Company who manufacture and produce all-terrain wheelchairs have been working with the National Trust for some time and in 2015 developed the MT Push, a buddy chair.  This was developed from the original Mountain Trike wheelchair at the behest of the Visitor and Services Manager at the National Trust Brownsea Island site.  They could see the benefit of offering manual off-road wheelchairs to enable those less mobile to enjoy the Island, but were worried the lever drive system used on the Mount

Caring Kay’s Xmas shoe box quest

Kay Morgan Shoe Box Appeal


It may only be October but Kay Morgan who lives at a care service in Plymouth is already thinking what she can do help people who are living on the streets this Christmas. 

The 49-year-old, who lives at Victoria and Grenville service run by care provider Regard in Mutley, is collecting for the South West’s Homeless Shoebox Appeal for the South West. Kay, her fellow housemates and the staff team who support them will be collecting items including toiletries, hats and scarves, torches and sweets that will be handed out on Christmas Day.

Said Victoria service manager Donna West: “Kay really loves getting involved and is looking forward to bringing a bit of Christmas cheer to people who are having a tough time.

Essex champions job opportunities for disabled people

Essex is championing employment opportunities for disabled people and aiming to find jobs for hundreds of residents.

Essex County Council has pledged to become one of Britain’s first accredited employers under the Department for Work and Pension’s nationwide Disability Confident campaign, and is now challenging other Essex businesses to close the disability employment gap.

We want disabled people to make up at least 7.5% of the council’s workforce by 2018, from 300 to 500 employees.

The county’s first candidate, Chelsey Reynolds, impressed so much during three weeks’ work experience at County Hall, Chelmsford, that she secured a full-time role as a Communications Officer – something she previously thought was out of reach.

Increasing Opportunities for Disabled Riders

Disabled Riders

The Accessibility Mark scheme is opening fresh avenues for riding centres, helping them provide more riding opportunities for disabled people. While this is good for the footfall of the business it brings a whole new set of challenges to the centres and their staff.

This is where the role of an Accessibility Support Officer (ASO) is vital to the success of the scheme.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), in partnership with Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) participation programme launched the revolutionary Accessibility Mark scheme with the aim of getting more disabled people to participate in riding.

Silver medal for tree of hope cybathlete

cybathlete Jonny

A disabled man supported by Tunbridge Wells charity, Tree of Hope, has returned from the world’s first Cybathlon with a Silver medal for Great Britain. 

Using bionic assistive technology that enables him to pedal despite being paralysed, Johnny Beer, from Aylesbury, saw off stiff competition from nine different countries in the qualifying rounds of the FES bike race. In a head to head final against Mark Muhn, for America’s Team Cleveland, Johnny smashed his personal best to complete 10 laps in 4.08 minutes for Great Britain on a BerkelBike. 

The event in Zurich, Switzerland, showcased technology that helps people living with disabilities cope more effectively with daily life.

Crystal Palace Foundation to Feature in new BT Sport Film

disability sport group

The Crystal Palace Foundation are to feature in a new national TV short film to highlight their work around disability sport.
BT Sport visited one of its centres in Purley on Wednesday evening to hear how Matt, a lifelong Crystal Palace FC fan with Tourette syndrome and ADHD, has benefited from their power chair football sessions. Matt and his team mates were joined by Crystal Palace players Wilfred Zaha, Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon, as well as Academy and Women’s team players on Wednesday night at Waddon Leisure Centre, to take in a session. 

Powerchair football team eyes expansion

The Crystal Palace FC Foundation powerchair football team has been given a lifeline, thanks to a new funding programme which will secure its future and allow it to expand.

The team was set up three years ago and plays in the Wheelchair Football Association’s south-east league. Powerchair football is a four-a-side, non-contact sport that can be played by both genders and all ages – the age range in Palace’s team is from nine to 46.

Donations from Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s testimonial fund and Palace fan Graham Finch, along with the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund, have helped pay for equipment, but with each chair costing upwards of £6,000 and transport costs to cover on top of that, it was becoming difficult to fund the team. 



An athlete whose disability means he cannot find a suitable sport in the Paralympics is fighting back – by taking part in the world’s first Cybathlon. 

Johnny Beer, from Aylesbury, Bucks, has flown out to Switzerland to demonstrate the life-changing effects of pioneering therapy and bionic assistive technology. He will compete in the FES bike race for Great Britain against 11 competitors from nine different countries. 

The Cybathlon comprises six rigorous challenges that promise a glimpse into the future by showcasing technology that will help those living with disabilities cope more effectively with daily life. 

Caroline finds her feet


A woman who lives in a Hove residential service is keen to move from her wheelchair into her dancing shoes after an amazing six-month turnaround.

When Caroline moved into Cloverdale House in March she was wheelchair-bound and unable to stand at all, but after an amazing team effort from the support staff at Cloverdale, the involvement of some dedicated therapists, and a good deal of determination on Caroline’s part, she is now back on her feet and going from strength to strength.

Service Manager, Trevor Wilcox, said: “When Caroline moved in she was very reserved and anxious, and the history from her previous home was unclear as to why exactly Caroline was unable to walk. 

Why holiday in Dorset?

Why holiday in Dorset?

Home to traditional seaside towns, golden sandy beaches and 1940’s steam trains, chugging through the rolling hills. Medieval castles, picturesque villages and pretty little harbours. Where else could you find all of this and more, in one beautiful county?


Boasting some of the most beautiful coastline and beaches in the country, Dorset offers a vast variety when it comes to seaside holidays. The 95 mile stretch of the Jurassic Coast has been awarded World Heritage status and is peppered with various beauty spots to explore. From geological wonders like the majestic Durdle Door and fossil hunting hotspots like Charmouth beach, to wonderful conservation areas like the Fleet lagoon, a must for any wildlife enthusiast.


Revitalise praises Eastenders for tackling disability issue

National disabled people’s charity Revitalise has praised Eastenders for tackling the issue of non-disabled people using disabled toilets and parking spaces with little regard for the needs of disabled people.

The charity is citing its own study which backs up the issues raised. In an echo of what Revitalise’s study found, the Eastenders characters Donna Yates, who is a wheelchair user, and Kim Fox were seen arguing over the ethics of non-disabled people using facilities set aside for the convenience of disabled people – and the resultant inconvenience and frustration this causes. 

Love is in the air at Arrowe Hall


Two young people with complex needs who live at the same supported living service in The Wirral are over the moon after announcing their engagement.

Shelley (25) and Simon (28) are both part of the supported living community at Arrowe Hall, which is home to 23 individuals with learning disabilities, mental health needs or acquired brain injury. 

Shelley said: “When I first moved into Arrowe Hall I was very shy, I couldn’t look at people in the face when I was talking to them, but now I am very loud and a great character to be around.

“We got engaged at my birthday party - Simon got down on one knee and gave me a ring.

What happens if you don't have a will

You’re not alone if you don’t have a will, 53% of adults in the UK don’t have one, but you may want to consider getting one if you would like to choose how to dispose of your property and belongings, rather than letting the  state decide after you die. If you don’t make a will, your estate will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy.

The rules of intestacy

In England and Wales, a set of statutory rules apply and are enforced if you die intestate (without having a will in place.) Your estate would be divided according to this fixed set of rules, regardless of what your plans were, and that means your estate might not be divided in the way that you wanted.

I’m single with no children, why does making a will matter?